robinvboyer (3000) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tastes very much like a classic hopfenstark saison with some tart rapsberries added. There is the slight funk and pepperiness of a saison with a lovely tart raspberry. Extremely enjoyable!
Fred82 (2114) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Host. Pours hazy yellow with a medium head. Retention is short. Extensive lacing. Nose is grainy wheat with a bit funk and some raspberries. Taste is grainy with some fruits. Very discrete. Little sourness. A bit dusty. Quite drinkable and very light. Hint of lambic funk on the nose. Very thin and not so good. This beer is very different depending on the raspberries used. The batch at the Mondial used different fruits (as Fred told me) and was way better seeing the ratings it had.
probstblueribbon (2871) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2009
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
750 ml bottle via JulienHuxley, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. Massive gusher – lost over half the bottle and sprayed beer EVERYWHERE!.
App.: Very cloudy pinkish-golden with a huge fluffy white head.
Aroma: Sour. Infected. Sort of wild and Saison-ish, Some raspberry notes, quite tart and old, raspberry greens, some yeast and bread dough, lighter biscuit.
Palate: Medium body and full, soft effervescence.
Flav.: Plenty of funk, some raspberry fruit and leaves, yeast/bread dough, bits of biscuity malt; quite tangy and unpleasantly bitter with a funky finish.
Broken. An unexpected failure from an otherwise solid producer.
JulienHuxley (2947) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 6, 2009
1.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2009 Bottle. Gushed. Old raspberry nose with some acidity coming through. This one has got to be infected because this is a good brewery but this bottle is awful. Drainpour...
HogTownHarry (6063) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. At Mondial 2009 - day 1. Cloudy peach colour with an average white head. sour fruity/funky aroma, plenty of yeast and raspberry seed bitterness. The taste - essentially no alcohol, just lovely raspberry seeds, lemon juice, spicy yeast - very smooth, not remotely harsh, a terrific beer. Light-ish body, very acidic, with a quick, dry tart finish - makes you want more immediately! Fricking awesome - Hopfenstark knows sours ... oh yeah!
blankboy (5979) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at ’Mondial de la Biere 2009’, Montréal, QC. Pours a cloudy peach colour with a small diminishing white head. Nice aroma of tart raspberries, Belgian yeast and a mild sourness. Delicious flavour: Tart and lightly sour raspberries. More fruit shows up, nice tart finish. So refreshing! Good body. I friggin’ loved it -- Hopfenstark does it again!
garthicus (2658) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I agree with tupalev, one of my favourites of the festival too. Appearance: Orange, almost pink, hazy with a tiny white head. Aroma: "Smells like a Hopfenstark" lovely champagne yeast, pineapple, apple and some tartness. Flavour: Peaches, apples, bitter, initially sour but then suddenly sweet, a lovely raspberry finish - awesome.
Gorbalev (2911) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mondiale. Surprisingly one of my beers of the fest. Pinkish orange, no head. Great aroma - sour and strawberry. Fantastic taste - lots of fruit, tons of sourness, very quenching. I want to drink this all summer long. Nice job Fred!
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Mondiale. Pours a very light pinkish with violte highlights and a good head. Aroma is fruity- raspberry and light tartness, crackery malts, and some funk. Flavor is a bit more subdued- tartness come out more, fruit is more laid back, more cracker and some wheat hints- good funk- but a bit slick and not all that focused- needs more fruit perhaps.
Diogène (1066) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy peach color with a white-rose thin head with good retention. aroma is sour, raspberries, malt and a slight touch of vinegar. Flavor is sour and acidic with fresh raspberries. Not much sugar, but the acid/sour nature of this beer is much closer to fresh raspberries than most candylike fruit beers. Medium body with slightly visquous mouthfeel.